Very Interesting Use for Regular Peanut Butter…

A dollop of peanut butter and a ruler can be used to confirm a diagnosis of early stage Alzheimer’s disease, University of Florida Health researchers have found.

Jennifer Stamps, a graduate student in the UF McKnight Brain Institute Center for Smell and Taste, and her colleagues reported the findings of a small pilot study in the Journal of the Neurological Sciences.

Stamps came up with the idea of using peanut butter to test for smell sensitivity while she was working with Dr. Kenneth Heilman, the James E. Rooks distinguished professor of neurology and health psychology in the UF College of Medicine’s department of neurology.

She noticed while shadowing in Heilman’s clinic that patients were not tested for their sense of smell. The ability to smell is associated with the first cranial nerve and is often one of the first things to be affected in cognitive decline. .

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3 Responses to Very Interesting Use for Regular Peanut Butter…

  1. Carole says:

    Does it work the opposite for lefties?

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  2. BudH says:

    In a matter of speaking the cats out of the bag now. The patient may say that they smelled the peanut butter when they don’t really. Interesting test though. What will they think of next?

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  3. Brian Gilley says:

    I have simus problems. I seldom can smell anything. Do you think this relates to these new findings on smell verses alstimers?

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